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COVID-19 Resources and Questions

*Last updated August 23, 2021*

COVID-19 Resources and Questions

*Last updated August 23, 2021*
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The novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, is affecting all continents and countries of the globe. The health of athletes, staff, stakeholders, and fans is of the utmost importance as the ISA continues to monitor the updates and regulations in place around the world.

We look towards health experts around the world to act accordingly as the situation evolves. We encourage all stakeholders to consult and follow national, regional and local regulations and/or guidelines for surfing and any other outdoor activities.

In an effort to gather and share best practices and resources, also between ISA Members, the ISA has created this page of relevant COVID-19 information and resources, as well as to provide updates as to how the pandemic has and will affect the ISA.

Scroll down to view frequently asked questions.


World Health Organization

  • Visit the World Health Organization’s dedicated page to the COVID-19 response for the latest on advice, guidance, and information: VIEW HERE.

IOC’s Athlete 365

  • This site provides advice for athletes on how to cope and stay healthy during the pandemic via their Athlete 365 portal: VIEW HERE.


  • The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is providing regular updates for athletes and members of the anti-doping community. VIEW HERE.

ISA Member Nations

As national guidelines and laws greatly vary between countries, many of the ISA’s member nations have put together guidelines and best practices that fit their particular circumstances.

See examples from the following National Federations:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Could any other ISA World Championships potentially be held in 2021?

      The 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship hosted by AmpSurf will run in Pismo Beach, California, USA December 7-11.

      It is unlikely that any additional ISA Global Events will be held in 2021. We will post announcements on our website with any updates.

  • Am I allowed to surf? What’s the safest way to go surfing?

      Please respect and refer to the national and/or municipal regulations of your country and/or region. Each situation requires a different solution. As far as how to practice safe surfing, please refer to the instructions from your national government and/or national federation and read the resources provided above on this page.

  • How can I get my ISA Coaching/Instructing and/or Judging Certification?

      The ISA has adapted to the global circumstances and has developed an online course offering that includes various levels of participation, from sitting in on courses to gain knowledge to receiving certification. Learn more about Coaching and Instructing Courses here and more about Judging and Officiating Courses here.

  • How can I renew my ISA Coaching and Instructing Certification and complete my ISA/ILS Water Safety Course?

      Considering the impact of COVID-19 all late fees for ISA Certification Renewals have been waived for the remainder of 2020. This is effective as of April 2020 and you can complete your ISA Certification renewal via the ISA Renewals Page. Considering the various restrictions and inability to complete water safety courses, the ISA has also extended the timeframe for the completion of water safety/lifesaving course in order to fulfill the renewal requirement for 6 months. You can renew at this time and then have 6 months to complete the water safety refresher and submit to the ISA Office for confirmation. As ISA/ILS Water Safety courses are scheduled we will add them to the ISA Course Schedule here:

  • Will there be a 2021 ISA Scholarship Program?

      Yes. Learn more about the program and access the application here.

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